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During World War II, when the Nazi forces cause unspeakable acts of hatred, Amity Mitchell is an American living in England working as a tutor. Her brother Andrew asks her to go to Prague to help Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia. Soon her boss arrives to help. The quicker they all work together the more innocent lives they can save.
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: London Chronicles
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The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Second book in The London Chronicles seriesJanuary 3, 2018The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer is the second book in The London Chronicles series. Amity Mitchell is a tutor to Celia Cartwright in London in 1938. Amity enjoys her position in the Cartwright household. Clark Cartwright, a widower and author, is grateful to Amity for helping him and Celia overcome their grief (from the death of his wife, Gwen) and move forward with their lives. It is almost time for her Christmas break, when Amity receives a telegram from her brother, Andrew. Andrew works for the British Home Office overseeing immigration to the United Kingdom. He is in Prague and needs Amitys assistance with Jewish children. The Nazis will be moving into the area and soon it will be impossible to get these innocent children out of the country. Amity agrees to go for her two-week leave, though, she will miss spending Christmas with Clark and Celia. She is soon absorbed in helping the children and extends her stay. Clark and Celia miss Amity and Clark soon heads to Prague to tell Amity how he feels about her (and convince her to return home). They work to get the children out on Kindertransports, but then the Nazis invade. Amity is on their radar and her American passport will not be able to protect her. She refuses to leave with Clark wanting to save as many children as possible. Amity also wants to ensure that Pavla Simonova and her children out on the next train (which could very well be the last one). Konrad Hanak, a Nazi soldier, is after Pavla for information. He will not let anyone stand in his way. Will Amity make it out Czechoslovakia before it is too late?
A Daring Escape is a well-written historical, Christian novel. While A Daring Escape is the second book in the series, it can be read alone. The pacing is good and smooth transitions between chapters. I like how the author incorporated the historical elements into the story. It is obvious that the author did extensive research for this novel. She included the historical data without making it seem like a history text or lecture. It blends smoothly into her fictional story. The characters are nicely developed, likeable and realistic. Amity is a strong female character who wishes to help others. She is brace, determined and tenacious. Clark was a resilient, thoughtful, and caring man. Andrew is a minor presence in the book (I hope he gets a book of his own). There are basically four storylines (Amity, Clark, Pavla and her family, and Konrad Hanak) that come together for one compelling novel. I appreciated that the author did not just make this a historical romance. I liked the mystery/suspense that came with Pavla Simonova and the treasure storyline. It added an extra element that enriched the story. Imagine how heartbreaking it was for parents to send their children away knowing that the chances of ever seeing them again was unlikely. Just another thing taken away from the Jewish people (along with their jobs, homes, valuables, identities, religion, dignity and their lives). The Christian elements included faith, power of prayer, trusting in God, and scripture. Ms. Goyer takes her readers back in time to a horrific period in history. You will be able to visualize the characters in the scenes in your mind. I am eager to read more novels by Tricia Goyer. The first book in The London Chronicles series is A Secret Courage.
Karen RWAGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5World War 2 fans will want to grab this one!January 1, 2018Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fans of World War 2 stories will want to snap this one up! Set mainly in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1938, the pressure builds as Hitler's Third Reich grows, engulfing more of Europe. A young American woman desperately tries to arrange transport for the Jewish refugees trapped there, at the risk of her own life.
The plot premise and history of the story were intriguing; it had me imagining the terrible circumstances and decisions that came with them. To give a child a chance to survive the onslaught of the Nazi regime, they must have been so desperate to put them on a train in a stranger's care, holding onto a thread of hope that they would someday be reunited. The characters in the story were an interesting mix, and seemed realistic, from the valiant to the evil ones. The story seemed to drag a bit in parts, but the ending was a satisfying one.
Recommend to readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction with a little suspense and a hint of romance.
(An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A DARING ESCAPEJanuary 1, 2018Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A DARING ESCAPE by Tricia Goyer. Harvest House. Jan 1
Having read the first book in this series was glad to see this second book. Amity is an English tutor, during the height of WWII in England. A telegram to come to Prague, from her brother, an organization kindertransport, Jewish children were involved. She was wanting to do more, and thought of returning to Chicago, or was this the answer. Her feelings for Clark her employer wasn't going nowhere. What follow is five months of risking her life, that will leave readers grasping at all that was involved. Would she return to British soil, and even love ever again. Great plot that seemed as though you are there, and wonder could any of them escape. Well done, and hopefully a third book will come in this series. Given ARC. by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Laura Shuck5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best historical authors I've readDecember 31, 2017Laura ShuckQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5History. What other facet has driven so many authors to write?
Trish Goyer writes about kindertransport, the train evacuation of Jewish children from Prague before Hitlers troops arrive, in A Daring Escape, the second in The London Chronicles series.
When her brother contacts her from Prague with a rather mysterious message requesting she visit from her current position as a nanny in London, Amity Mitchell finds she has no choice but to heed his invitation. Andrew, in the employ of a London bureau that seeks to evacuate and place as many children possible before Hitler arrives, finds the looming threat becoming more serious and he needs Amitys assistance, assistance he knows that once she sees the need, she will risk everything to succeed.
Satisfied that Amity has begun to grasp the gravity of the situation in just a few short days, Andrew must return to London to work at obtaining more homes willing to take in the children. As Amity loses herself in the enormous amount of paperwork required to save the children, Clark Cartwright, her employer remains in London with his daughter, Celia. A widower, Clark finds himself in love with Amity but has not declared himself due to their age difference. Unable to help himself, he travels to Prague to see for himself that Amity is ok as she has stated in her letters.
Clark finds the city of Prague and its peoples vastly changed in comparison to his last visit to the beautiful city. It seems the entire city is struggling under a huge, dark cloud of impending doom. Pleasantly surprised by his appearance, Amity begins to share with Clark the work she has become immersed in, taking him to villages outside the city proper, to see the great need of those who have escaped Hitlers advancing forces; most are women and children as the majority of the men, husbands and fathers, were brutally murdered.
Having expressed their growing love for each other, Clark has purchased two tickets to London; Hitler is close, very close and Clark wants to get Amity safely out of Prague. But Amity finds when its time to leave, she just cant. She must remain behind to save as many children as she can before no one can get out. Clark reluctantly leaves Amity behind as he returns to his daughter in London.
I was thoroughly engrossed with this novel, the research that went into writing this must have been quite extensive. Travel back, to a time in history when your friends, even family members betrayed one another in abject fear of the encroaching Nazi forces.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Captivating WWII storyDecember 30, 2017AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer is a compelling story of the Czechoslovakian kinder transport program during World War II. Strong and vibrant characters whose stories draw the reader in right from the start. A riveting plot that is masterfully written with realistic dialogue and descriptive scenes, intrigue, suspense and a sweet romance. A poignant story of families being torn apart, a reminder of the horrors of war and its impact, a story that is grippingly honest and made me wonder what happened to the children who were rescued. The author has done a wonderful job with this historical novel and I look forward to reading more of her works. I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.